Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hillary Clinton Returns Strongly

Notwithstanding the efforts of political pundits to wring out and gin up every hint of Clinton-Obama tension in hopes of restoring last spring's highest-rated reality-based melodrama, Hillary Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention said everything it needed to say, especially this:

I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that young boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?

We need leaders once again who can tap into that special blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges. Leaders who can help us show ourselves and the world that with our ingenuity, creativity and innovative spirit, there are no limits to what is possible in America.

Now, this will not be easy. Progress never is. But it will be impossible if we don't fight to put a Democrat back into the White House. ...

We are Americans. We're not big on quitting.

But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama the next president of the United States.

We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare.
Exactly. Clinton campaigned on the basis of policy choices that are almost identical to those of Barack Obama and very different from those of John McCain. Those Clinton supporters who favored that cause should support Barack Obama because he will pursue that same cause; whereas those Clinton supporters for whom Clinton herself was the cause -- because she's has lady-parts, because of some regional affiliation, because she downs a shot of Crown Royal for the cameras, because she is married to Bill Clinton, and yes, I'll say it, because she's white -- they have lost their cause for now.

Melodrama and interpersonal spats aside, Barack Obama is now the standard-bearer for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party. John McCain is the standard-bearer for George W. Bush and the Republican party. That's the truth, and that's the choice, and I thank Hillary Clinton for stating it so clearly for her supporters and for all Americans within earshot.

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